Healthy count

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The health of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet is be­ing re­stored, judg­ing by the big in­crease in cockle num­bers recorded in the lat­est sur­vey by the Guardians of the Pau­ata­hanui Inlet (GOPI). Cockle num­bers have risen 21 per­cent, from 277 mil­lion to 336 mil­lion, since the "#$# sive 87 per­cent since 1995. This is good for the cock­les, but must also be an in­di­ca­tion that the gen­eral eco­log­i­cal health % &'( son John Wells. ) con­tam­i­nants and sed­i­ments en­ter­ing the har­bour and inlet, par­tic­u­larly since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Porirua Har­bour and Catch­ment Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan in 2012. The ac­tions taken by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, Porirua City Coun­cil, farm­ers and ur­ban de­vel­op­ers to dras­ti­cally re­duce the edly hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect, says Prof Wells. The Cockle Sur­vey has been un­der­taken by GOPI ev­ery three years since 1992 and is an­a­lysed by NIWA. The full re­port by NIWA gives more de­tail and can be found at http://www.gopi.org.nz/cockle-sur­vey-2/.

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